He helps those with much find those in need

December 22, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

Editor's note: This series over the 12 days before Christmas recognizes those individuals who and groups that make the holidays better for others.

Christmas may be a cheery time of year, but some people still have to struggle with tough situations.

That's when David Galvin comes to the rescue.

For three years, Galvin has been connecting less fortunate families with others who want to help them at Christmas.

Galvin, a deacon at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, said families often want to help those in need at Christmas.

As an example, Galvin recounted the story of two grandmothers and their grandson who helped a needy family this year.

The women wanted to participate in the effort to show their grandson what compassion is all about, Galvin said.

The grandson was not overly excited about buying gifts for the family, but that began to change, Galvin said.

As the boy and his grandmothers were buying clothing for the family, the boy realized that no toys had been bought for the children. The three family members promptly set out to correct the situation, Galvin said.


"Their stuff is downstairs, all wrapped up," Galvin said Tuesday.

Under Galvin's program, the families making the donations remain anonymous, Galvin said.

"Most likely, the families will never meet. Sometimes, they may be sitting side by side in the pew," he said.

During this holiday season, Galvin worked to connect six needy families with more fortunate ones.

The situations the needy families were dealing with ran the gamut, from costly car bills that left a family with no transportation to a family facing tough times after being evicted from an apartment, according to Galvin.

The family that was evicted from its apartment lived in another part of the state and recently moved to Jefferson County, W.Va., Galvin said. Because of the circumstances surrounding the eviction, the man and woman, who had three older children and a newborn, did not have any of the typical appliances needed for daily living, he said.

A family from St. James Catholic Church bought appliances and clothing for the family and the church provided food, Galvin said.

The family with the costly car bills consisted of three people, Galvin said.

The husband has a disability and was released from a government job, Galvin said. The wife has been sick and the couple have a teenage son.

In order for their car to pass a safety inspection, it needed various repairs and new tires, Galvin said.

The couple realized they did not have enough money to get the car out of the shop, Galvin said.

The family from St. James not only donated enough money to pay off the car bill, but bought the family Christmas presents, too, Galvin said.

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